Hospital makes history in cancer treatment advertorial

2016-11-09 06:00
PHOTO: nicole john At the official opening of the radiotherapy unit at Life Hilton Hospital are (from left) Dr Ziad Seedat, Natalie Clarke (senior radiotherapist) and Nicholas Thorne (Life Hilton Hospital manager).

PHOTO: nicole john At the official opening of the radiotherapy unit at Life Hilton Hospital are (from left) Dr Ziad Seedat, Natalie Clarke (senior radiotherapist) and Nicholas Thorne (Life Hilton Hospital manager).

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STATE-OF-THE-ART cancer treatment technology officially opened at the Life Hilton Hospital, which celebrated its first birthday recently.

The cutting-edge technology comes in the form of the Novalis Tx™ Stereotactic RadioSurgery unit, providing advanced radiation therapy to cancer patients with difficult to reach tumours.

The Novalis Tx™ shapes the radiation beam precisely to the patient’s tumours, ensuring that the best possible treatment dose is delivered while healthy tissue is protected.

The radiation beam also adapts to the patient’s breathing and other body movements to continuously maintain safe, complete and accurate treatment.

The linear accelerator rotates around the patient to deliver treatment beams anywhere in the body from virtually any angle. It offers fast treatment sessions and gives new hope to patients with tumours that were previously considered untreatable.

At the official launch of the radiotherapy unit last week, chief financial officer of the Life Healthcare SA, François Theron, said the exceptional milestone of opening a dedicated oncology unit at Life Hilton Hospital is testament to the hard work of hospital management to provide the community with world-class treatment.

“It is challenging building a hospital, something definitely not for the faint hearted. It is fulfilling to see that, in a short space of time, the hospital has been able to offer complimentary services meeting the demands of the community,” he said.

Theron added that this is the first of many extensions to be undertaken at the hospital. There are plans to extend the hospital to accommodate about 200 beds and by next year have additional 12 beds with the full phase two extensions beginning in 2017.

More complimentary services such as mental health and physical rehabilitation are in their long term plan he said. There is a huge need for mental services in the community.

“We want to be the first hospital to have the full suite of complementary services with the renal dialysis unit and oncology services that have already been established at the hospital. The radiosurgery unit is the first of its kind in the Midlands and we look forward to using this technology, which will make a big difference in many lives,” said Theron.

Ziad Seedat, one of the oncologists from Hopelands Cancer Centre based at the Life Hilton Private Hospital radiotherapy unit said this is a flagship oncology centre that will become the capital of oncology in KwaZulu-Natal.

“The technology will allow us to accurately target the cancer cells in order for us to treat these cells with minimal damage to the healthy tissue that surrounds it.

“It will allow us to reach the unreachable and treat patients who are not fit for surgery. This technology is not by any means a replacement for surgery, it is there to compliment it,” he said.

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